Eight students recently painted a mural on the side of a building along the Santa Fe Trail near Deep Ellum.
The students, all high school students from Dallas ISD schools, participated in Teen Mural Camp, hosted by The Cedars Union, a nonprofit arts incubator, and funded in part by the Office of Arts and Culture.
The Cedars Union hired three great local muralists – Jeremy Biggers, Hatziel Flores and Mari Pohlman – to teach students how to develop ideas, learn skills and work with a client and community. The non-profit organization caters to adult artists, so this program has allowed the organization to further its mission and reach out to young artists in Dallas.
Bianca Barrera, who attends Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, participated in the program.
She says she wanted to get involved in the camp because she had never done murals before and wanted to try it. During her time she learned different techniques of using spray paint and she learned how to transfer a sketch onto a wall using a doodle board.
“My favorite part was definitely the sense of accomplishment when the mural was done, as well as the lunch breaks,” she says.
It took students about 12 hours over three days to paint the mural on the side of Dallas Stage Scenery, which builds sets for organizations like the Dallas Arboretum and Dallas Opera, says Adrienne Lichliter, manager. marketing and programs at The Cedars. Union.
This year’s theme was “setting the scene”. There were three teams of students, and each painted a wall. The murals beautify a section of the Santa Fe Trail that hasn’t received as much attention, Lichliter says, and they’re visible to DART runners.
Another mural was painted along the Santa Fe Trail near the Brookside Drive Bridge by students from Woodrow Wilson High School.
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